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The 100




Friday the 13th Part 2
(1981)
Reviewed by James Cochrane
Rating: 3.5 Beans

ith the death of the young woman who decapitated Jason's mother in the first movie we are miraculously brought 5 years into the future as a group of Would-be Camp Councilors make for a practice-run at a new Camp which is a whopping 500 metres from Camp Crystal Lake.

This was the first 'Friday' movie I ever saw- in fact I think it was the first horror movie I ever saw- I was 6. I then proceeded to have numerous nightmares for a few weeks later waking up crying in a fits- but it toughened me- oh baby- and it didn't stop me from pursuing a lifelong fascination with the whole Horror movie genre. Thank God, I say, for Horror movies saved my soul... as well as Rock and Roll... and maybe Star Wars... alas enough about me.

The start of the horny- adolescent- horror flicks helmed by one of my biggest idols Frank Mancuso, Jr., whom I'm sure if you are reading this you dang well should know who he is. (If not; Mancuso was the producer of some of the 'classic' Slasher films of our times: most of the 'Friday's', April Fools Day, Species....et cetera, et cetera) I just love the Guy (In a platonic sorta way)

Anyway, On first viewing of this film it was scary- ominous musical score, shadows, lots of jumps, lots of scares- (just a little background on me; when I watch Horror flicks I tend to turn out all the lights, unhook the phone, and not talk through them -on first viewing- and I try to immerse myself in the whole 'scare' experience). Of course, on second or third viewing or whatever double digit I'm on now (I own all of them) I tend to watch for nostalgia's sake and with whomever I'm with we tend to make a plethora of jokes.

I love almost all of the 'Friday' movies on a level that I am sure man cannot comprehend. That is not to say that they aren't bad movies; cuz they are. All story lines are simple in these type of films: A group of oversexed teens rent a cabin on the infamous Crystal Lake, tempting the fates, and then they are pegged off one by one. Although I believe of the 'Friday' sequels, I think the Steve Miner penned and directed ones are the classic ones, defining the generation. (Steve Miner also going on the direct such screen classics as House, Warlock and Halloween H2O- oh wait scratch that last one- in fact let us forget the last one was ever made)

All the Friday movies are great for Bad Movie Night parties for if only the soul reason of having an improve-Mystery Science Theatre- shoot down session with several of your closest friends. And now for the point by point death count:

1- Chick who beheaded Jason's Mom- Awl to temple
5 years later
2- Ominous Old Man- Barb wire strangulation
3- Obese Cop- Hammer claw to skull
Skinny Dipping Scene
4- Guy Councilor- Neck slit whilst upside down
5- Skinny Dipping Chink- Death unknown
6- Walkingly Challenged Boy- Machete to head
No Nude- sex scene
7-8 -Fornicating teens- spear through both
9- Walkingly Challenged Boy's Girlfriend- Stabbed
Heroine pees herself
Jason is chopped in neck with Machete
Is he dead? Only time can tell

Next: Friday the 13th- 3: 3D


Other reviews for this movie:

Ned Daigle




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